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‘American Gods’ Star Yetide Badaki Launches Campaign For Reimagining Of ‘Alice In Wonderland’

‘American Gods’ Star Yetide Badaki Launches Campaign For Reimagining Of ‘Alice In Wonderland’
American Gods actress Yetide Badaki is looking to do something different with Alice in Wonderland. She recently launched a fundraising campaign for a short film titled Wonderland that will reimagine the classic tale. Wonderland will take the world of Alice and the Mad Hatter and set it in Hollywood’s film industry — which is just as trippy and full of twists and turns. The short is Badaki’s take on being an actress in Hollywood. Badaki, who wrote the short, launched the In…
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‘The Sopranos’ Vincent Pastore & Steven Van Zandt & ‘Mindhunter’s Holt McCallany Star In Dark Mob Comedy

‘The Sopranos’ Vincent Pastore & Steven Van Zandt & ‘Mindhunter’s Holt McCallany Star In Dark Mob Comedy
Exclusive: The Sopranos stars Vincent Pastore and Steven Van Zandt and Mindhunter's Holt McCallany are to star in dark mob comedy Iron Terry Malone. The trio have signed up to the feature film, which is produced by Creative Alley Productions, in association with All Things Creative and Brazen Giant Productions alongside The Wire's John Doman, Bill Sorvino (Who’s Jenna?), Maureen Van Zandt (The Sopranos) and Gary Pastore (The Deuce). Written by Christian Keiber and Robert…
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Michael C. Hall Re-Teams With ‘Cold In July’ Director For New Netflix Mystery Thriller

Michael C. Hall Re-Teams With ‘Cold In July’ Director For New Netflix Mystery Thriller
Michael C. Hall has made quite a few interesting career choices since hanging up the knives as Dexter on his titular Showtime TV show. From starring in films like “Christine,” “Kill Your Darlings,” and even the recent “Game Night” to showing up in series like “The Crown,” Hall hasn’t been one to take on a massive big-budget film like many predicted.

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Heather Graham, Jodi Balfour Join Female-Driven Drama 'The Rest of Us'

Heather Graham, Jodi Balfour Join Female-Driven Drama 'The Rest of Us'
Heather Graham and The Crown star Jodi Balfour are top-lining the female-driven indie The Rest of Us, the directorial debut from Aisling Chin-Yee.

Sophie Nelisse and Abigail Pniowsky also star in the film about a quartet of women struggling with their own truths, flaws and secrets as their pasts color their future. Graham, best known for starring roles in Paul Thomas Anderson's Boogie Nights and The Hangover trilogy, will play a divorced woman who, along with her headstrong teenage daughter (Nelisse), invites her ex-husband's second wife, played by Balfour, and her daughter (Pniowsky) to move in with them following her ...
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HBO Orders ‘Storm Over Brooklyn’ Documentary About 1989 Murder of Black Teenager

HBO Orders ‘Storm Over Brooklyn’ Documentary About 1989 Murder of Black Teenager
HBO has greenlit “Storm Over Brooklyn,” from Muta’Ali, and which was the winner of a new initiative to promote diversity in feature documentaries. The project will tell the story of Yusuf Hawkins, a black teenager who was shot and murdered in 1989 after being trapped by a group of white youths in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn.

Muta’Ali’s film will explore a crime that shocked New York and the wider U.S. Hawkins’ murder led to marches and protests that contributed to the ousting of New York City Mayor Ed Koch in favour of David Dinkins, who became the city
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Chris Pratt Gets Existential About God and Poop in MTV Movie & TV Awards Acceptance Speech

Chris Pratt Gets Existential About God and Poop in MTV Movie & TV Awards Acceptance Speech
Chris Pratt accepted the Generation Award at Monday night’s MTV Movie & TV Awards, a well-timed honor before “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” claws into theaters this weekend. Still riding high from his role in $2 billion spring juggernaut “Avengers: Infinity War,” Pratt wrote not just a speech but a mini-manifesto that segued from spiritual to scatological and back again.

In between takes at the ceremony — held Saturday night at Santa Monica, Calif.’s Barker Hangar — host Tiffany Haddish even joked, “I don’t know about you, but I’m definitely going to go to Pastor Chris’ church.”

On hand at to present Pratt’s Golden Popcorn trophy was his former “Parks and Recreation” wife, Aubrey Plaza, and current co-star in the “Jurassic World” franchise, Bryce Dallas Howard. His predecessors include Sandra Bullock, Adam Sandler, and the “Fast & Furious” ensemble, who shared the 2017 title. Below, read the nine life rules he
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Michael B. Jordan Calls Out Roseanne After Winning Best Villain at MTV Movie and TV Awards

Michael B. Jordan Calls Out Roseanne After Winning Best Villain at MTV Movie and TV Awards
Michael B. Jordan took a shot at Roseanne Barr while accepting his Best Villain trophy at the MTV Movie and TV Awards: “I’m shocked that I won this award for Best Villain,” the actor said onstage. “I thought for sure Roseanne had that in the bag.”

Barr’s habit of tweeting conspiracy theories reached a breaking point last month when she likened former President Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett to a cross between the Muslim Brotherhood and “Planet of the Apes,” leading to her revived sitcom “Roseanne” being canceled within hours. It was the highest-rated show on cable, making the swift action especially shocking.

Jordan’s comment wasn’t the only swipe directed at Barr during the event: While presenting the Best Hero award with Zazie Beetz, Olivia Munn listed “that guy who fired Roseanne” alongside first responders and other real-life heroes.

Black Panther” leads all movies with seven nominations,
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2018 MTV Movie & TV Awards: Full Winners List — Updated Live

2018 MTV Movie & TV Awards: Full Winners List — Updated Live
The MTV Movie & TV Awards broadcast is underway. Known as the MTV Movie Awards until 2017, the ceremony commingled tentpole, network, Netflix, and reality stars this weekend at Santa Monica Airport’s Barker Hangar. Host Tiffany Haddish also vied for a pair of Golden Popcorns for her breakout performance in “Girls Trip”: Scene Stealer and Best Comedic Performance.

Black Panther” and “Stranger Things” led the nominations with seven apiece. Winners were announced in 14 categories, and the evening also featured musical duets from Mustard and Nick Jonas, plus Chloe x Halle, who will open for Beyoncé and Jay-z on their OTR II tour this summer. Special superlatives also went to Chris Pratt and Emmy-winning writer Lena Waithe.

After experimenting with genderless categories in the mid-aughts, the award show abandoned the male/female distinctions for good following the soirée’s 25th year. When the change was announced, MTV President Chris McCarthy referred
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Disney’s Secret Weapon to Boosting ‘A Wrinkle in Time’ Over $100M? Drive-Ins

Disney’s Secret Weapon to Boosting ‘A Wrinkle in Time’ Over $100M? Drive-Ins
Among the top-grossing titles last weekend, there was a surprise appearance by Ava DuVernay’s “A Wrinkle in Time.” With an estimated gross of $1,772,000, it reached #11, just short of the top 10 by $78,000 — but enough for it to claim $100,000,127, which is … more than $100 million.

Because Disney is a public company, and one that doesn’t want a reputation of fudging facts, its Monday actuals acknowledged a $94,127 shortfall, for a total of $99,906,000. But by the end of the week it will certainly reach the $100 million mark, which is the current shorthand for a successful film. And by that measure, “A Wrinkle in Time” has finally unlocked that level of achievement.

“Wrinkle” cost a reported $100 million; worldwide marketing costs would typically add at least $50 million more. With total grosses about $132 million (foreign was weak), the company likely will see film rentals of less than $70 million. That would be at least $80 million less than
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‘Chase Darkness With Me:’ Michelle McNamara’s Writing Partner to Release New Book as Audible Original (Exclusive)

‘Chase Darkness With Me:’ Michelle McNamara’s Writing Partner to Release New Book as Audible Original (Exclusive)
After finishing the true-crime book “I’ll Be Gone in the Dark” following the death of Michelle McNamara, Billy Jensen has his next venture lined up: “Chase Darkness With Me,” which will be released as an Audible Original. McNamara’s untimely death made headlines not only due to her professional accomplishments but because of her marriage to Patton Oswalt; Jensen has described his working relationship with her as akin to being “partners in crime.”

“Audio is the oldest and most intimate form of storytelling,” he said in a statement. “Whenever I write a crime story, I try to tell it as if I’m sitting right next to a good friend in a dark bar, weaving a tale one on one. At that moment, nothing else matters in the world. Listening on headphones, in the car, on a speaker — that’s the experience I strive to deliver.”

“I’ll Be
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‘Mindhunter’: The David Fincher Look is All About Power and Control

‘Mindhunter’: The David Fincher Look is All About Power and Control
David Fincher brilliantly pushes his cinematic formalism in “Mindhunter,” Netflix’s 10-episode crime drama that explores the FBI’s fledgling Behavioral Science Unit in Quantico, Virginia, in the late ’70s. But, for the dialogue-heavy creepy interrogations with imprisoned serial killers by agents Holden Ford (Jonathan Groff) and Bill Tench (Holt McCallany), executive producer/co-director Fincher manages to visually convey constant power shifts.

“It’s about control and dominance and also about misogyny,” Fincher said. “People forget that this goes all the way back to Jack the Ripper.”

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And Fincher’s collaboration with production designer Steve Arnold (“House of Cards”) and gaffer-turned cinematographer Erik Messerschmidt (“Mad Men”) was crucial to the authentic ’70s look and dynamic blocking of the interrogation scenes, particularly those involving Ed Kemper (Cameron Britton), who captivates and mentors Holden.

Visualizing a Walk and Talk

“There
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‘Call Me by Your Name’ Screenwriter James Ivory Wants Daniel Day-Lewis to Come Out of Retirement for His Next Film

‘Call Me by Your Name’ Screenwriter James Ivory Wants Daniel Day-Lewis to Come Out of Retirement for His Next Film
James Ivory became one of the most acclaimed writer/directors of his generation after making such films as “A Room with a View” and “The Remains of the Day,” but it wasn’t a Merchant Ivory film that won him an Oscar. That would be “Call Me by Your Name,” the screenplay for which Ivory adapted from André Aciman’s novel of the same name. Now 90, he has his sights set on at least two new projects — and wants Daniel Day-Lewis to come out of self-imposed retirement for one of them.

Ivory is currently writing “The Judge’s Will,” based on longtime collaborator Ruth Prawer Jhabvala’s short story of the same name, for director Alexander Payne; he isn’t content to simply write, however: “I’d also been thinking about doing an adaptation of the novel ‘Coral Glynn’ by Peter Cameron, which I’d like to direct, set in England in the 1950s,
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Jim McKay on His Return to Feature Filmmaking, the Soccer-Themed Drama, En el Séptimo Día

The following interview with director Jim McKay was published during last year’s BAMcinemafest and is being rerun today as his feature En el Séptimo Día is in release from Cinema Guild. The film can currently be seen at the IFC Center in New York and the Laemmle Music Hall in L.A. Many other cities are scheduled over the next two months, including, on Friday, the Roxie in San Francisco. Jim McKay, whose early, mid ’90s/early-aughts features were empathetic and involving New York dramas suffused with a love of neighborhood and feeling for […]
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Jim McKay on His Return to Feature Filmmaking, the Soccer-Themed Drama, En el Séptimo Día

The following interview with director Jim McKay was published during last year’s BAMcinemafest and is being rerun today as his feature En el Séptimo Día is in release from Cinema Guild. The film can currently be seen at the IFC Center in New York and the Laemmle Music Hall in L.A. Many other cities are scheduled over the next two months, including, on Friday, the Roxie in San Francisco. Jim McKay, whose early, mid ’90s/early-aughts features were empathetic and involving New York dramas suffused with a love of neighborhood and feeling for […]
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How ‘Homeland’ Star Mandy Patinkin Found Inner Peace in Showtime’s Dark CIA Drama

How ‘Homeland’ Star Mandy Patinkin Found Inner Peace in Showtime’s Dark CIA Drama
Every year, during their “Homeland” hiatus, executive producers Alex Gansa and Howard Gordon, director Lesli Linka Glatter, and stars Mandy Patinkin and Claire Danes go to spy camp. Over seven seasons they’ve developed relationships with intelligence professionals, think-tank heads, and Pulitzer Prize-winning authors who fill them in on what’s going on in the government and the world, and what’s worrying them the most.

The “Homeland” team memorably interviewed the likes of Russian president Vladimir Putin and whistleblower Edward Snowden, via closed-circuit TV in Moscow. “No one’s supposed to know,” Patinkin told me. “Are you kidding? Everybody’s listening in. Moscow was probably right outside the door!”

In the penultimate Season 7 episode (filmed in Budapest for Moscow), Patinkin’s National Security Advisor Saul Berenson huddles with Dane’s Carrie Mathison and her team under a hotel-room tent to block prying ears — designed per State Department specifications. “It
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Sam Mendes To Direct Wwi Film ‘1917’ With Steven Spielberg Set To Produce

It’s been almost 10 years since we’ve had a non-James Bond film directed by Sam Mendes. The acclaimed director of films like “American Beauty,” “Road to Perdition,” and “Revolutionary Road” has been stuck chronicling the adventures of the suave superspy for his most recent films. But his next feature is without James Bond (obviously since Danny Boyle is next on the list) and has the producing power of Steven Spielberg behind it.

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‘Incredibles 2’ Seizures Really Are a Thing, and Screenings Now Come with a Warning About Flashing Lights

‘Incredibles 2’ Seizures Really Are a Thing, and Screenings Now Come with a Warning About Flashing Lights
Not every domestic ticket buyer who helped “Incredibles 2” snag $180 million had a pleasant weekend outing with the Parr family. At least one Twitter user witnessed a fellow theater-goer experience a seizure, brought on by scenes featuring strobing lights:

Update: I was just watching Incredibles 2 in theatres tonight when a fellow patron collapsed in a seizure. Please Heed This Warning — This Actually Occurred. Stay safe! https://t.co/OhYj5HRDxi

— Emma (@emma_ml_lohman) June 16, 2018

I’m a big fan of Pixar and Brad Bird, but the insensitive use of strobing lights in Incredibles 2 was unacceptable. My wife spent most of the movie with her head buried in her jacket scared that she was going to have a seizure. This was Not a fun time at the movies. @DisneyPixar pic.twitter.com/66nxq321oe

— ERod (@bbusterbuster) June 16, 2018

Between 2.5 million-3 million Americans have been diagnosed with epilepsy and 75,000 to
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MTV General Manager on Why The Network Moved the ‘Movie & TV Awards’ Into the Middle of Emmy Season

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MTV made a strategic choice to move the MTV Movie and TV Awards into the middle of Emmy nomination voting — and it paid off in attracting top-name small-screen talent to this year’s event. Netflix sent the casts of “Stranger Things” and “13 Reasons Why,” while others appearing included NBC stars Mandy Moore and Kate McKinnon, Lena Waithe (Showtime’s “The Chi”), Zazie Beetz and Lakeith Stanfield (FX’s “Atlanta”), Aubrey Plaza (FX’s “Legion”) and HBO’s “Game of Thrones” stars Emilia Clarke and Maisie Williams, all of whom are in the hunt for Emmys.

“The date change was a draw for networks and streaming platforms, and talent looking for opportunities to get their content out there during this key window,” said Amy Doyle, General Manager, MTV, VH1 and Logo. “And you’ll see that in full effect when watching the show.”

The shift toward television began last year,
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‘Sense8’ Finale Is A Joyous End To The Series Filled With Love, Hope, And Wonder [Review]

Miraculously messy, engagingly poignant and gleefully lacking in subtlety, the finale of “Sense8” was a joyous celebration of lust, love, wonder and the perseverance in unifying people of all cultures and creeds. “Sense8,” a beautiful and unflinchingly haphazard story created by the Wachowskis, has always been something of a miracle for a television series – even one that made its home at a streaming service giant such as Netflix.

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‘Gotti’ Star John Travolta Needs Serious Help: Career Watch

Career Watch is a vocational checkup of top actors and directors, and those who hope to get there.

Thanks to strong recognition overseas, at 64 John Travolta still carries the clout that gets movies made. But this is not always a good thing: Travolta’s passion project, “Gotti,” debuted in Cannes but opened to $1.7 million amid derisive reviews (Tomatometer: 0%).

Bottom Line: After strutting out of Broadway and television into ’70s movie stardom, the Irish-Italian Travolta languished in the ’80s until Quentin Tarantino gave him his 1994 comeback as hitman Vincent Vega in “Pulp Fiction.” That movie returned Travolta’s swagger and while he hasn’t topped it, Travolta has surfed many career dips and swells without completely alienating his aging fan base. But “Gotti” may be the tipping point.

Read More: ‘Gotti’ Review: John Travolta, Pitbull, and E from ‘Entourage’ Team Up for an Incoherent Mob Biopic — Cannes 2018

Career Peaks: Born in Englewood,
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